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Melvin Hall at the Rat Keller.

Der Rat Keller (literally Cellar of Rats) was a small nightclub located at Reeperbaum, Hamburg, Germany. The Rutles played their first show there on August 2, 1961.

Recalled as a place "worse than prison", the Rutles played live shows there for fifteen months, night after night, before they finally escaped and returned to Liverpool.

The Rat Keller was revisited in 1978 by Melvin Hall for the documentary All You Need Is Cash. By the time he went there, the place was corroded by rats.